Well, July passed in a fever dream of urgent fan sales and everyone murmuring ‘38 degrees, bloody hell’. Summer is very much here friends and now that you’re officially able to leave the house at 9pm on a weekday—RIP Love Island 2022, thank you for the mems—it’s important to pack in all of those feelgood events before the weather turns. From frosé on a jetty to the ultimate soft serve pop-up in a park, here are all the activities that should be at the top of your August agenda.
Sip Frozen Cocktails On A Jetty
Two words. Fraperol spritz. Yes, summer has just taken on a whole new level of frozen cocktail extremes with this riverside pop-up. A mini-chain of dog-friendly restaurants famed for its fairy light charm and halloumi fries, Megan’s has taken over The Coaling Jetty at Battersea Power Station. You can book your table here and top intel for anyone planning a date night—Megan’s On The Jetty is located next to the outdoor cinema so you can organise a whole evening of riverside fun.
Check Out London’s Latest Food Hall
Islington is getting a brand new food hall on 11th August and we have it on good authority that Kentish Town caff Norman’s will be serving its classic British breakfast dishes. Sessions on Upper Street will have a rotating line-up of chefs but the venue is kicking things off with Big Has, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Korean small plates from Tiger and Rabbit, and of course, Norman’s. Don’t forget to book your table.
Go To An Exhibition Full Of Food Paintings
Ever since this Twitter account took the world and our hearts by storm, we have been craving paintings of food. Frankly, nobility and 18th-century sad girls have had their time in the artistic light and we are ready for change. Catch Kristof Santy’s La Grande Bouffe (that’s The Big Feast for anyone who skipped GCSE French) exhibition at the Unit London gallery in Mayfair, featuring oil paintings of pints, toast, and more. Afterwards head for lunch at Ergon Deli. See bread, eat bread. Those are the rules.
Try This Soft Serve Pop-Up Bar
The number of times we have ordered Happy Endings’ ‘The Malty One’ ice cream sandwich while hungover, sad, or hungover and sad is between us and the nice fella who delivers our excessive Gorillas orders. Now, Happy Endings have partnered with Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park for a summer of soft serve joy. The kiosk is open Thursday to Sunday throughout August and those signature ice cream sandwiches will be on offer too.
Go To Notting Hill Carnival, Obviously
She’s back baby. Everyone’s favourite carnival is finally returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic and people, it looks set to be a particularly special one. The festival is taking place on the bank holiday weekend, no tickets needed, and there’ll be everything from Mas bands to roadside roti. In case you’re someone who gets a little overwhelmed by crowds or can’t hack the idea of getting on the transport sauna that is the Central line, know that there will also be celebrations taking place in Brixton Village with samba-reggae performances and Caribbean food options to boot.
Get Foamy At Greenwich And Docklands International Festival
If you are currently reliving a particularly gruesome memory of a Magaluf party where your Blackberry was irrevocably water damaged, please know, this isn’t that kind of foam event. For starters, it’s free and secondly, this foam fest is courtesy of artist Stephanie Lüning and will see rainbow foam pumped through Greenwich Peninsula, enveloping the landscape. The festival kicks off on 26th August and there’s also a ‘poetic performance’ light display mimicking fireflies and lots more to check out.
Experience A Night Of Cabaret At Brasserie Zédel
The Black Cat Cabaret is taking over the live music space at Brasserie Zédel and we have a feeling there’s going to be a whole lot of leg kicking and jazz hands. Fabulous, very fabulous. The company has performed everywhere from Soho to Monte Carlo since 2012 and you can catch their Halcyon Nights show at Crazy Coqs until the 21st, alongside ‘50s Sunset Strip-themed cocktails and Golden Age ‘fits. You can reserve tickets here.